Monday Musings: Loves & Latest

monday musings



Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

Part of reducing my consumption and learning to live simply is my desire to live a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle. I have a long way to go, but this book provides practical, tested advice from one of the top advocates of the Zero Waste Movement.

Beauty (aka. on my face)

Nothing new, but I am appreciating a nude pink lip now that the season is changing. Current rotation: MAC Mehr and Patisserie (obvs. not cruelty free or eco, but I’m not a purist), and Kosas Undone.



Between writing and life, I shoved recording to the side, so no videos for the moment. Instead, I give you the latest installment of The Bluestocking Circle Podcast — lady nerds on popular culture.

I got to play host for Episode 7: Howl’s Moving Castle, so if you love Howl as much as I do, give it a listen. Follow us on twitter and instagram for updates and plenty of fangirling.


Monday Musings: Loves & Latest

monday musings




Live Lagom: Balanced Living, the Swedish Way by Anna Brones

I admire the Swedes, almost as much as I admire the Japanese. There’s just something about a slow, simple lifestyle that resonates with me and this book does just that. I purchased this on a whim because it had a pretty cover, but what I found is an inspirational and incredibly smart ode to slowing down and living with just enough.

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee

I review for Library Journal and my editor (shoutout to Stephanie!) has a knack for sending me just what I need when I need it. This is a prepub, and I’m still thinking how I’m going to review this, but the essays are excellent and Chee won me over when he revealed that we have the same tarot deck. *love*


I feel like I should title this “on my face”

RMS Lip2Cheek in Beloved (the Detox Market)

The website describes this color as a “true red with just a hint of poppy to suit all skin tones” and boy does it suit my skin tone. In the pot this is red but on my cheeks it is the perfect, natural flush. I bought a sample of this through the Detox Market website and will be upgrading to a full size as soon as it’s empty.




The Bluestocking Circle Podcast just celebrates it’s very merry half-birthday with Episode 6.5! If you love me, have a listen 🙂 We gush about all things geek with a theme every month.

Minisode 6.5: Feedback, Favorites, and First Impressions (with OTPs!)

Episode 6: Pushing Daisies

You can also find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and follow us everywhere @bluesoxcircle


Monday Musings: Loves & Latest

monday musings



Howl’s Moving Castle

In preparation for the next episode of the Bluestocking Circle Podcast, I re-read and re-watched Howl’s Moving Castle and fell in love anew. It’s been some years since I consumed (hehe, Howl joke) either of these works and I adore them still.


Ilia tinted lip conditioner in Pink Moon (Sephora)

I had some Sephora credit and decided to give this a try… it was well worth the impulse. The color is just the right amount of bright berry lip and it’s not too heavy or dramatic for a daytime/work look.



The Bluestocking Circle Podcast Episode 6: Pushing Daisies

In which we discuss the right balance between fantasy and realism in romance, the rise and fall of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and the legal and ethical ramifications of drugged pies. All this and more as the Bluestockings discuss the TV series Pushing Daisies.

You can also listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Podomatic. Or follow us everywhere @bluesoxcircle


(so I like making weird faces…)


I made a board for the podcast and it is a thing of beauty 🙂

Monday Musings: Loves and Latest

I’m trying something new.

monday musings

Recent Reads and Loves

Mister Miracle by Tom King et al.

Comics that make me think, can’t get enough of them.

*affiliate links support the podcast with a teensy contribution.*




podcast: Minisode 2.5 | feedback, favorites, & first impressions

bluestocking-circleEpisode 2.5 is up!

Gricel has a confession about Firefly, Ashley forgets to provide spoiler alerts, and Bee’s long-cherished wish comes true as we introduce our next selection. In honor of Halloween, the lady nerds discuss their favorite scary, creepy, and downright disturbing reads, plus respond to feedback and play First Impressions.

Listen on:

Next Work: The 10th Kingdom

Recommended TV Series and Movies:

Scary Favorites:

“Love Your Library” links will take you to WorldCat, where you will see a list of libraries near you that have the book. “Support the Circle” links will take you to Amazon, where your purchase will help support the podcast.

Enjoy! Episode 3, The 10th Kingdom, will be released on November 1.

Find us everywhere @bluesoxcircle and join the conversation.

life: Hurricane prep

I’m following that good ol’ Florida philosophy: hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

As of this moment, I’m still not sure where I will be staying. I have two options and neither sets my mind at ease (mostly because there’s always the thought of what if). I’m preparing my kit, and will bring the plants inside by the end of the week, but I’m bracing for the worst.

Wishes, prayers, vibes, all positive forces welcome.

video: mini haul #4

I’m thinking of calling these “haulettes”. What d’you think? I don’t film many of these, because minimalism, but I like to think of these as extended reviews for the savvy shopper.

All items are from Look Human and purchased with my own monies.

Ziggy Potter / Coffee Pun Stickers / Always Hungry Pouch

life: August goals


July was a highly emotional month. I went through a major life crisis and dealt with a lot of stuff that I don’t really want to talk about in a public forum (I know, vague). That is all to say that it was not as great as it could’ve been, but I tried to keep my head up all the same. It was not the most productive for writing (I only wrote on 5 days, totaling just under 5000 words for the month). I had a bit of a writer’s crisis and did some serious thinking re: current projects and long-term goals. My health could be better, but I’m still trying to figure out how to supplement for PCOS and hypothyroidism (I have a checkup in September, so I’ll get a better sense of my thyroid levels after the last year). I’ll probably film a video on my current supplements, but I want to wait a few months to measure results (hurray for the scientific method!).

So why am I going on about July when I’m supposed to be going over August goals? Because August is going to be a slow, thoughtful month for me, as far as goals are concerned. I’m keeping it simple and focusing on finishing the things I started: WIP #4, Harry Potter #4 (coincidence?), Whole30 (a proper one, not Paleo-ish modifications), and a second round of the HBSG fitness plan.

Just keep swimming.